Multiple dead in shooting at Colorado supermarket

Published in 23 March, 2021

  • Ten people, including a Boulder police officer, were killed in a mass shooting at the King Soopers supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, police said.

  • Slain officer Eric Talley was first on the scene. His actions were “nothing short of heroic,” the Boulder police chief said.

  • The suspect was taken into custody and is being treated for injuries, officials said.

Colorado incident is seventh mass shooting in US in past 7 days

Monday’s mass shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado, comes less than a week after eight people were killed in a series of attacks on spas in Atlanta.

The two incidents are likely to spur discussion about gun control legislation in the United States, where firearm deaths are tragically common. They are also among at least seven mass shootings in the past week across the US — including three incidents on Saturday alone.

  1. Atlanta, March 16: Eight people, including six Asian women, were killed when a White gunman stormed three spas, police said.
  2. Stockton, California, March 17: Five people who were preparing a vigil in Stockton, in California’s Central Valley, were shot in a drive-by shooting, the San Joaquin Sheriff’s Department said. None had life-threatening injuries.
  3. Gresham, Oregon, March 18: Four victims were taken to the hospital after a shooting in the city east of Portland, police said in an initial report on Twitter.
  4. Houston, March 20: Five people were shot after a disturbance inside a club, according to police. One was in critical condition after being shot in the neck, the rest were in stable condition, according to CNN affiliate KPRC.
  5. Dallas, March 20: Eight people were shot by an unknown assailant, one of whom died, according to police.
  6. Philadelphia, March 20: One person was killed and another five were injured during a shooting at an illegal party, CNN affiliate KYW reported. “There were at least 150 people in there that fled and believed they had to flee for their lives,” Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said.
  7. Boulder, Colorado, March 22: Ten people, including a Boulder police officer, were killed in a shooting at the King Soopers supermarket, according to police.

It’s unclear how this number of mass shootings — in which at least four people were shot — compares to an average week in the US.

Though some official gun violence data is available, the US federal government does not have a centralized system or database to track firearm incidents and mass shootings nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which tracks some gun violence data, nearly 40,000 people were killed in incidents involving firearms in 2019.

So far this year, there have been at least six mass shootings with four or more killed, including those in Atlanta and Boulder.

These are the other four:

  1. Jan. 9: Five killed in shooting spree in Evanston, Illinois, according to CNN affiliate WLS.
  2. Jan. 24: Five people shot dead in Indianapolis, Indiana, according to police.
  3. Feb. 2: Six people killed in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
  4. March 13: Four killed in dispute over stimulus check in Indianapolis.

Slain police officer Eric Talley was a father of 7 who “loved his family more than anything,” his dad says

The father of slain Boulder police officer Eric Talley said he was not surprised his son was the first officer to arrive on the scene of a mass shooting on Monday in Boulder, Colorado.

“Didn’t surprise me he was the first one there,” Homer Talley said in a phone interview with CNN affiliate KUSA.

Eric Talley, 51, was among 10 people killed when a gunman attacked the King Soopers grocery store. Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said his actions were “nothing short of heroic.” Herold said Talley had been an officer with the Boulder Police Department since 2010.

Homer Talley said his son was a father of seven children. The eldest is age 20.

“He loved his family more than anything,” his father said.  

Homer Talley described his son as a “prankster” who “had a great sense of humor.” He also said Eric Talley was working to become a drone operator because he thought it would be safer.

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